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Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Texas Prisons Running Out Of Execution Drug

Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state and officials say they’re running out of the drug used for executions.

08/01/2013

A guard watches as inmates prepare for a work detail at the minimum-security Texas prison. (credit: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Guard Shortage Means Moving Some Texas Inmates

State prison officials have begun transferring some inmates from two Texas Panhandle units to other penitentiaries due to a lack of corrections officers.

12/11/2012

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2012 Shaping Up As Deadly Year For Texas Prisons

With four months still remaining, 2012 is already the deadliest year in more than a decade in Texas prisons. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has reported 10 homicides this year, up from only three in 2011.

09/03/2012

A guard watches as inmates prepare for a work detail at the minimum-security Texas prison. (credit: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Texas Inmate Numbers Down

Texas historically has one of America’s highest incarceration rates per capita but has slipped to its lowest level since 2008, falling to fourth overall among the 50 states.

08/12/2012